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Goal Setting:The Key to Managing Your LifeEIU 1111: University Foundations
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and Ill give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and Ill give you a stock clerk.
Where will you be 5 years from now?
Your plan for where you want to be 5 years from now is a long-term goal
On a piece of paper, complete the following sentence:
Five years from now, I will be
Characteristics of Attainable GoalsSpecificWrittenMeasurableAction-OrientedRealisticTime-boundOwn it
A person without goals is like a sheep out in the pasture just living from day to day. You dont want to be a sheep.
--Dr. Boyce Watkins, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About College
Achieving a long-term goal is like building a pyramid:Long-term goal
What will you do this week to build this foundation of short-term goals?Short-term GoalsMedium-range GoalsLong-term GoalsDaily/weekly habits & assignments1-2 years from now5 years from now
Build your foundation with effective, short-term goals for a successful semester
Set several short-term goals you want to achieve this semester:Once you meet your short-term goals, your mid-range goals will follow each more easily.Meet my advisorFind a tutorCreate a study scheduleGo to every classVisit Profs officeRead text book weeklyReview notes weekly
Keep reminding yourself of the long term goal you are working for.As the semester or the year ends, you will replace short-term and mid-range goals with new ones.Meet my advisorFind a tutorCreate a study scheduleGo to every classVisit Profs officeRead text book weeklyReview notes weeklyApply for Summer internshipChoose minor3.5 GPA by Fall 201030 Credits completed by May 2010Bachelors Degree with 3.55 GPA
Each goal you reach, builds towards the nextBachelors Degree w/ 3.55 GPADream Job $60, 000Financial IndependenceDream house3 bedrooms, big kitchen, deck and poolMarriage & family
A few hints to help you stay on track with your goals:Remind yourself of your goals allow yourself to dream about them.Write them down and put where you will see them every day.Change your short-term goals if they are not working for you.Be realistic, but aim higher than you think you can achieve you will usually surprise yourself.Make sure you understand the price of reaching your goals.Recognize obstacles and avoid or eliminate them.
The path to greatness is usually paved with failure. That means that most big successes come after you have tried over and over again and failed.
--Dr. Boyce Watkins
Obstacles and Roadblocks:Take 2 minutes to write down 3 possible obstacles that might get in the way of achieving your 5-year goal.How much control do you have over these issues?What can you do to eliminate or avoid these obstacles?
Powerful habits to help you reach your goals:Get up at the same time every morningEstablish a regular schedule for yourselfUse a to-do list or appointment calendar to keep track of assignments and appointmentsSpend at least 20-25 hours a week on schoolwork outside of classStudy in small bits of time (not study marathons)Get most of your studying done before 6:00 p.m.
Good Habits cont.Find a study partner and form study groupsStop in the professors office during office hoursTake a study skills classKeep up with reading assignmentsMeet with the instructor after the first exam to learn from your mistakes.
On a piece of paper. . .Write down 4 or 5 short-term goals that you have for this semester.Make sure they are specific, measurable, and realistic.
ReferencesAdapted from a presentation by Pat Scheib, shared on the FYE listservBoyce Watkins, Black Voices, bvblackspin.com/2009/08/25/black-college-student-goal-setting/Santrock and Halonen, Your Guide To College Success, University Foundations custom text